Thursday, December 30, 2010

#1 Going West

So, we didn't actually go west. Traveling from Portland, Oregon to Livingston, Montana is pretty much a straight shot east. But I had a dream that I was writing a blog called "Going West" and when I woke up I thought it was clever, since our last name is West and Montana is pretty much what people think of when they think of the west with horses, cowboys, ghost towns and lots of wilderness.

The Lord was telling us that it was time to move and it needed to be before Christmas. Eric and I had been talking about moving for months and were looking hard at Montana. When we were deciding on the "when", the Lord brought Genesis 19:15-17 to my husband:

    With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”
   When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them. As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”

So we gave ourselves five weeks, even though Eric stood to earn a lot more money just by staying at his job for two additional weeks, and we left December 18th!

Our move has been an important act of obedience and faith, trusting Him to provide for us, even if that doesn't look how we hope it will.

You gave me life and showed me kindness,
   and in your providence watched over my spirit.
Job 10:12

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